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Foods That Prevent Hypertension

Hypertension (HTN) refers to the increase blood pressure (above 120/80 mmHg). According to the May 2012 statistical report from World Health Organization, there are approximately 290,000 cases of maternal deaths with relation to Heart Disease caused by hypertension. 1/3 of the figure comes from India with 20% prevalence rate and Nigeria with 14% incidence rate.
Juvenile Hypertension is a condition that affects children. The data taken from the WHO records show that in 10-year study (2002-2012), there are 7.6 million deaths yearly occurring to children with heart disease caused by hypertension.
This simply tells everyone that hypertension is one of the leading causes of mortality deaths in the world. Everybody is not exempted for this case especially if they are engaged with several unhealthy lifestyle practices.
In line with this, we will provide you with information regarding the preventive care for hypertension. It provides strict emphasis on the foods that can help reduce the bloo…

Delay elective surgery on regular smokers, says WHO

Smokers who quit at least one month before their surgery, had improved outcomes in wound healing and heart function — AFP.
Patients who stop smoking at least four weeks before an operation significantly reduce the risk of having postsurgical complications because their blood flow improves, according to a study published on Jan 20, 2020.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) study argued that minor or non-essential operations on regular smokers could be delayed to give them time to quit and thereby improve outcomes such as wound healing and heart function.
The WHO study, conducted in cooperation with the University of Newcastle, Australia, and the World Federation of Societies of Anaesthesiologists (WFSA), found that every additional tobacco-free week beyond the four weeks, improved health outcomes by 19%.
"The report provides evidence that there are advantages to postponing minor or non-emergency surgery to give patients the opportunity to quit smoking, resulting in a better health…

Healthy habits in middle age linked to longer life free from disease

Regular exercise is one of the low-risk lifestyle factors that can lead to a longer disease-free life. — AFP
Sticking to a healthy lifestyle, including not smoking, not being overweight and exercising regularly, is associated with a longer life expectancy at age 50 free of major diseases such as cancer, cardiovasculardiseases and diabetes, finds a study in The BMJ.
The number of extra disease-free years is around 7.6 for men and 10 for women, compared with participants with no low-risk lifestyle factors.
Across the world, people are, on average, living longer. But as populations age, individuals often live with disabilities and chronic diseases like cancer, heart disease and diabetes.
Lifestyle factors such as smoking, physical activity, alcohol intake, body weight and diet quality affect both overall life expectancy and likelihood of chronic diseases, but few studies have looked at how a combination of lifestyle factors may relate to life expectancy free from such diseases.
To addres…

New Study Suggests Drinking This Beverage May Be the Key to Staving Off Heart Disease

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In the name of good health, you've probably read it all. Do this to increase your chances of living longer. Try that to be healthier right now. Well, what if we told you the answer to avoiding chronic disease and potentially tacking on another few years of life may have something to do with tea?
Yes, according to a new study published in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology, the key to fending off cardiovascular disease may be as simple as drinking more tea.
The study, which followed more than 100,000 adults from China starting in either one of three enrollment periods (1998, 2000–2001, 2007–2008), unveiled that regular tea consumption was associated with a reduced risk of heart disease and slightly increased life expectancy. More specifically, those who drank tea at least three times per week enjoyed 1.41 more years free of developing atherosclerotic (also known as coronary) cardiovascular disease, which is the hardening and narrowing of…

Men, drink tea for a healthier, longer life

Drinking tea over a long period of time, especially green tea, has associated health benefits, finds a study. — TNS 
Coffee is the go-to morning beverage for many people. But if you swapped out your morning joe for a cup of tea, it may lead to a healthier, longer life.
That's according to a recent Chinese study. Chinese researchers found that drinking tea over a long period of time – especially green tea – had associated health benefits.
The benefits were more pronounced among men, according to the study published in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology.
"We found that the protective effects of habitual tea consumption were very pronounced and robust across different outcomes for men, but only modest for women," said Dr Gu Dongfeng from China's National Center for Cardiovascular Disease, Peking Union Medical College and the Chinese Academy of Medical Science told CNN in an email.
"One reason might be that the proportion of habitual tea consumers among m…

Sugar not to blame in this case of heart disease

The reason diabetics are at high risk of heart disease is not because of their high sugar levels, as measured by HbA1c. — 123rf.com
Patients at high risk for diabetes are also at a high risk for heart disease, but not because of higher sugar levels, according to new research led by the University of Glasgow in the United Kingdom.
The research, published recently in the Diabetes Care journal, found that patients at a higher risk for diabetes also had higher heart disease risks, but that this was due largely to a higher prevalence of other heart risk factors, such as obesity, higher blood pressure levels and abnormal lipids.
The study looked at over 370,000 patients from the UK Biobank, making it the largest single cohort reported to date using patients’ measurements of HbA1c – the average blood glucose (sugar) levels over two to three months.
The researchers wanted to assess whether knowing HbA1c levels, which are increasingly used in screening for diabetes to assess risk, could improv…

Have high blood pressure? Be wary of over-the-counter cold medicines

If you have high blood pressure, be careful with what you take for a cold as some drugs may cause your blood pressure to rise. — TNS Over-the-counter cold remedies aren't off-limits if you have high blood pressure (hypertension), but it's important to make careful choices.
Among over-the-counter cold remedies, decongestants cause the most concern for people who have high blood pressure.
Decongestants relieve nasal stuffiness by narrowing blood vessels and reducing swelling in the nose.
This narrowing can affect other blood vessels as well, which can increase blood pressure.
To keep your blood pressure in check, avoid over-the-counter decongestants and multi-symptom cold remedies that contain decongestants, such as pseudoephedrine, ephedrine, phenylephrine, naphazoline and oxymetazoline. Instead, consider following the recommendations below. Choose a cold medication designed for people who have high blood pressure.  Some cold medications don't contain decongestants. However,…

Study: Early menopause increases health risks after 60

Earlier research showed that premature menopause at 40 or younger is linked later in life to single medical problems such as cardiovascular disease and diabetes. — Picture by FatCamera/IStock.com
Women who undergo premature menopause are almost three times more likely to develop multiple, chronic medical problems in their sixties than women who make the transition at 50 or 51, researchers reported.
In high-income countries, a third of a woman’s life unfolds after the menopause. Earlier research showed that premature menopause at 40 or younger is linked later in life to single medical problems such as cardiovascular disease and diabetes.
But the new study, published in Human Reproduction, is the first to examine links between the timing of natural menopause and the onset of multiple medical conditions, known as multi-morbidity, the authors said.
The data were drawn from more than 5,100 women enrolled in an Australian national health survey.
The women reported at three-year intervals fr…

Exercise benefits both brain and body

Exercise not only improves your physical health, but also preserves your brain’s abilities, according to new research. — AFP

If getting fit is one of your resolutions for the new year, then you might be improving your brain health, as well as your physical health.
This is according to new research that found that cardiorespiratory exercise such as walking briskly, running and biking, may slow down cognitive changes in the brain.
Carried out by researchers from the German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases and University Medicine Greifswald, Germany, the new study looked at 2,013 German adults aged 21 to 84 years old and measured their cardiorespiratory fitness using peak oxygen uptake – the maximum amount of oxygen the body is capable of utilising in one minute – while participants used an exercise bike.
Participants also underwent MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) scans so that researchers could analyse total brain volume and grey matter volume, which includes regions of the brain …

Burnout could increase risk of heart rhythm disorder

New research has linked burnout to an increased risk of a heart condition known as atrial fibrillation.

New US research has found that individuals suffering from vital exhaustion, more commonly known as burnout, may have an increased risk of the heart condition atrial fibrillation (AF).

Carried out by researchers from the University of Southern California, the new large-scale study looked at more than 11,000 individuals who were surveyed on their symptoms of burnout, including vital exhaustion, anger, antidepressant use and poor social support.

The participants were then followed for nearly 25 years to see who developed atrial fibrillation.

The findings, published in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology, a journal of the European Society of Cardiology (ESC), showed that participants showing the highest levels of vital exhaustion were at a 20% higher risk of developing atrial fibrillation, compared to those with low or no levels of vital exhaustion.

“Vital exhaustion, commonly refe…